Top 5 Ways You Can Repurpose
Single-Use Plastic Bags into
Your Next Gardening Activity
The pandemic has really challenged some people, to think of some creative ways to entertain themselves during this challenging time. Some people have used this time to connect with their families at home, while others have decided to pick a new skill or hobby. Among the ways people have used this time to deal with this pandemic, some have emerged as bakers, at-home fitness exercisers, and lastly, the gardeners. For those who were blessed with a backyard before the lockdown happened, gardening became one of the top three activities that people have used to cope up with the stress brought about COVID -19. In addition, why not take gardening to the next level, by incorporating those plastic bags that have been accumulating under – the – sink – cabinets in your next gardening activity? That’s why here are some ways, gardening can help us reduce our plastic addiction.
- Plastic bags are a great way to be used as a plant liner or planter. Instead of buying planters or plant liners, either for seed planting or starting a plant nursery, repurposing plastic bags can help you save a few dollars.
- Shield your potted plants during winter. Winter seasons can be brutal for your outdoor plants. While some plants can tolerate freezing temperatures, some can only survive for quite some time before they die. That’s why there is a hardiness rating given to plants, which determines how long it can survive the cold weather. The lower the hardiness rating, the longer they can survive when exposed to cold temperatures. Plastic bags can be an immediate first aid treatment to at least prevent your plants from dying. But for a longer exposure, make sure to use a thick blanket or cloth, before wrapping it with a plastic bag. This will provide good insulation against extreme cold temperatures.
- Plastic bags can also be a great way to protect potted plants against heavy rain or hot weather. For people that are living in areas where there is no winter, repurposing plastic bags for protection against the elements, in this case, heavy rains and intense summer days. Heavy rains can strip the topsoil of its nutrients and introduce plant diseases. While hot weather can facilitate faster moisture evaporation, leading to a lack of soil moisture in your plants.
- Repurpose plastic bags for fruit bagging. Fruit bagging is a technique of protecting your precious fruits and vegetables against pests, larger animals like birds, squirrels, diseases, and of course, the elements such as strong winds and heavy rains. Fruit bagging is an alternative to using insecticide and using repurposed plastic bags is a good alternative. Even better, instead of using your typical plastic bags, next time, how about swapping it for biodegradable plastic bags.
- Plastic bags for marcotting your vegetables. Want to take your gardening to the next level, how about trying to learn marcotting a type of vegetative plant propagation, commonly known as air layering that involves rooting of a part of the stem while it is still attached to the parent plant. The technique involves skinning a small part of the stem and then surrounding it with compost. To secure, wrap a plastic bag around and tying it with twine on both ends. Wait for a couple of days, for the roots to grow. Root visibility can now be the sign to sever it from the mother plant and transfer it to the ground. Don’t forget to cut a few holes before planting it. This method can be further enhanced by using biodegradable plastic bags, instead of the conventional ones. They are durable enough to hold the compost, while the plant slowly adjusts to the new environment. By the time, the plant has already been well adjusted, the plastic has already been broken down in the ground, thus reducing underground pollution.
Considered as the most consumed product, plastic bags, are now one of the most consumed plastic products and now as ubiquitous as ever. While we can’t cure our addiction to single-use plastics anytime soon. Reducing our dependence on single-use plastic bags would be a great start and switching to biodegradable plastic bags like Biorift, are one of the ways, we as consumers can help reduce, single plastic ending up in landfills or bodies of water.